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Fort Worth School

Explore classes and professional ballet development at Texas Ballet Theater.

The Embodiment of Artistry

Classes range from creative ballet to advanced and pre-professional training. Our level-based curriculums are designed to advance technique in a wide range of dance styles and grow each student’s confidence on and off the stage. Classes are available year-round.

Programs and Curriculum

Early Learners

These classes introduce young dancers to movement and musicality in a happy and supportive environment. Students ages 3 to 7 will learn the fundamentals of dance and make a few new friends too!

Creative Ballet 3 & 4

Classes for ages 3 and 4 meet once a week.

Pre-primary & primary level

Students ages 5 to 7 may take one or two classes per week.

Adaptive Dance

We’re helping make dance accessible to all. By partnering with Cook Children’s, we’re able to provide elementary-aged dancers with Down syndrome the experience of ballet. Classes teach movement and rhythmic skills while nurturing self-expression.

Levels 1, 2, 3

Students become more familiar with the foundations of ballet during these leveled classes. Classes take on a more formal approach to classical ballet. Students in Level 2 become eligible to audition for supporting student roles in the Company’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

Level 1

Students ages 7 and 8 may take one or two classes per week.

Levels 2 & 3

Students are placed into levels 2 and 3 by teacher recommendation and take two classes per week.

Jazz and Tap - Levels 1, 2, 3

These fun classes offer students a way to broaden their skills in diverse dance techniques and do not require enrollment in a ballet level.

Levels 4, 5, 6

In these intermediate classes, students are introduced to a more rigorous level of study, incorporating training elements and influences from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum. Classes continue to build on strength and coordination in modern and jazz dance. Pre-pointe work begins in Level 6 and continues with beginning pointe work in Level 6B.

Flexible Track available for those unable to attend all classes each week.

Level 7 and Advanced 1, 2, 3

Our most intensive levels build upon the curriculum learned in Levels 4-6. Classes meet five to six days per week, emphasizing posture, placement, style, quality, artistic expression, strength, technique and musicality.

Flexible Track available for those unable to attend all classes each week.

Men's Classes

Along with regular leveled classes, Texas Ballet Theater School offers an additional boys-only class, recommended for students ages 7-I4. This class helps provide important focused training and introduces young men to the specific strengths required for male ballet dancers.

Summer Programs

These classes combine the highest quality instruction with fun summer themes for an engaging experience. Classes range from ballet basics to advanced level training.

Registration & Schedule

Enrollment for Texas Ballet Theater School is done online. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged.

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New Students Welcome

Students ages 8 and older are required to attend a placement class for placement into the appropriate class level. Placement is based on age, technique, physique, personal strength and maturity.

Meet the Staff

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.
Artistic Director

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

Kathryn  Warakomsky-Li
Associate Director, Studio Training Company

Kathryn Warakomsky-Li

Leticia Oliveira
Fort Worth School Principal

Leticia Oliveira

Artistic Director

Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

World-renowned choreographer Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. has served as the Artistic Director for Texas Ballet Theater since 2003. His extraordinary skill and tireless effort has elevated Texas Ballet Theater to international acclaim. A true visionary, Ben’s contributions to the company inspire every performance.

 

His Story


Associate Director, Studio Training Company

Kathryn Warakomsky-Li

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Kathryn Warakomsky-Li began studying ballet at the age of 14 in Springfield, Virginia with Oleg Tupine. She graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. She was invited to join the Ballet de Santiago under the direction of Ivan Nagy where she rose to the status of principal dancer. In 1989 Ms. Warakomsky-Li joined Houston Ballet and became the Principal dancer. With over 20 years of performance experience, Warakomsky-Li has held lead roles in nearly all the major classical ballets including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Cleopatra, Etudes and Coppelia.

She also danced in numerous works by famed contemporary choreographers like Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Jiří Kylián , Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Ronald Hynd, James Kudelka and Christopher Bruce among others. Ms. Warakomsky-Li has toured extensively around the world dancing throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe. Upon retiring from the stage in 2001, Ms. Warakomsky-Li was invited to teach at the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy where she staged and rehearsed many pieces for the upper school.

Ms. Warakomsky-Li has been teaching for Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth since 2003 where she has taught all levels of the school. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum®. She has also traveled to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia to view the Bolshoi and the Vaganova Schools and to participate in their training programs. Ms. Warakomsky-Li was named Principal of Texas Ballet Theater School – Fort Worth in January 2007 and in 2016 was promoted to Associate Director. She also heads the Studio Training Company and has managed the Summer Intensive since its inception in 2007.


Fort Worth School Principal

Leticia Oliveira

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Leticia Oliveira began her comprehensive training at the age of seven at the School of Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. Beginning her professional career at a young age of 16, she danced with Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, as well as the Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet, where she was a Principal Dancer. In 2007 she joined Texas Ballet Theater where she performed for 10 wonderful seasons. Ms. Oliveira has appeared in various international galas around the world, including Gala des Etoiles in Canada, Festival International de Danza in Cuba and the World Ballet Festival in Japan. She was also a “25 to Watch’’ in Dance Magazine in 2006.

Her 23 years of performance experience include principal roles in ballets by Ben Stevenson, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Antony Tudor, Jiří Kylián, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, Fleming Flindt, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, among others. Ms. Oliveira has been a teacher with the Texas Ballet Theater School since 2009. In 2017, following her retirement from professional dance, she was appointed Principal of the Texas Ballet Theater Fort Worth School. She is also currently in the process of acquiring her Diploma of Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance.


CHARIS ALIMANOVA
JOSIE BALDREE
CHRISTA BEACHAM
MARIANA BLESSING
PATRICIA BOCHNAK
CARL COOMER
REIDA DOBI
KRISTIN KLADE
TIM O'KEEFE
LETICIA OLIVEIRA
MARTHA PARSHALL-RICHARDS
MELISSA REED
ISABELLA RODRIGUEZ
ANDRE SILVA
PHILIP SLOCKI
KYLE TORRES-HIYOSHI
MERIDETH TULLOUS
NICOLE VON ENCK
KATHY WARAKOMSKY-LI
SETH YORK

Student Scholarship Fund

Texas Ballet Theater School trains the next generation of dancers and arts patrons. Our Scholarship Fund helps keep the program growing by offering tuition subsidy and scholarships for students in need.

Tuition

Tuition is based on the class level in which the student is enrolled. Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable. Students are responsible for tuition for the entire year. Full tuition is due for students who choose not to participate in the Spring Performances. Students with outstanding account balances are not eligible for re-enrollment until outstanding payments are paid.

Students who enroll after the beginning of the regular year may receive a prorated tuition rate. There are no credits for classes missed and no make-up classes offered. Reimbursements are not given for classes missed for vacations or school functions. Students are obligated for a full semesters tuition even if they withdraw before the end of the session.

Tuition credits may be applied to the following semester in the event students withdraw from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury verified by a doctor’s written confirmation. Texas Ballet Theater School must be informed in writing if a student decides to discontinue classes.

Payment Options & Discounts

There are no annual or semester payments offered for the 20-21 season. In the event that you are registered for in-person or hybrid and the program is forced to go into an all-virtual format, your tuition will convert to the virtual tuition amount for the following month. Ex: if in week 2 of the month we must go to an all-virtual format, the following month’s tuition will reflect the 20% tuition reduction for the all-virtual format.

MONTHLY PAYMENTS

Due on the first of each month, August through May. The annual tuition is divided into ten equal payments, so no discount is given for partial months.

FAMILY DISCOUNT

Additional children in the same family will receive a 12% discount. For discount purposes, a student in the highest level is considered the “first student”.The family discount does not apply to drop-in or special classes and cannot be combined with any other discount, including annual payment or semester payment.

Payment Policies

REGISTRATION FEES

A $55 registration fee is due for each student (or $75/family) at the time of enrollment.

Studio Training Company students: A $150 non-refundable registration fee is processed upon acceptance into the program to hold a student’s spot in class.

LATE FEES

All payments are due on the first weekday of each month. Accounts that have not been paid by the 7th of the month will incur a $10 late fee. Tuition payments not received by the 15th of the month will be automatically charged to your card on file, along with the late fee.

WITHDRAWALS

Parent(s) are responsible for tuition for the full school year. Parent(s) must notify Texas Ballet Theater School in writing if a student will be withdrawing from the program. At that time, all past due tuition is due. Students who withdraw will NOT receive a refund; however, we will credit the following semester in the event that a student withdraws from classes due to a prolonged illness or injury. In this case, a signed doctor’s statement is required.

NO REFUND POLICY

Texas Ballet Theater School will not refund tuition payments or registration fees for any reason. Refunds will not be given for missed or cancelled classes.

COVID-19 Update

If a positive COVID-19 case or new government guidelines prompt dismissal or temporary closure, the program will continue in a virtual format until reopening. The tuition will be adjusted for the upcoming month at a 20% reduction and will continue at the reduced rate until we return to the studios.

HYBRID POLICY

Some levels may be required to go to a hybrid schedule (alternating weeks in-studio and virtual). Tuition rates will remain the same.

PPE FEE

In an effort to keep our students and faculty/staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, each student will pay a monthly fee of $25 in addition to tuition. This fee includes enhanced and additional disinfectant cleaning services, masks, and other safety gear for staff and faculty, as well as ongoing cleaning supplies.

Ballerina Birthday Party

A Party En Pointe

Girls and boys of all ages love our Ballerina Birthday Parties. The package includes: 45 minutes in the dance studio with a real ballerina, a brief dance lesson and, of course, a pair of commemorative pointe shoes. Guests will be treated to a ballet-themed storybook reading, a dance lesson and photo opportunities with a TBT ballerina.